The Jay Nathan, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar Lecture Series


Jay Nathan, Ph.D.

The Jay Nathan, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar Lecture Series invites international scholars from the emerging democracies and the countries in political and economic transition to visit the University of Scranton to address issues that will enlighten and benefit students, faculty and the community-at-large.  Its purpose is to enrich the intellectual life or share a cultural exposition in the arts or music for both The University of Scranton and our Northeastern Pennsylvania community.  This annual lecture initiative will highlight the research and contributions of guest scholars of international repute who will visit the University to discuss timely and timeless subjects.  While visiting campus, scholars will deliver presentations on topics of interest to the academic community and meet informally with attendees, students and faculty.

2019 Lecture: Lithuania: Traditional & Modern Nation

The Sixth Annual Presentation in the Jay Nathan Ph.D. Visiting Scholar Lecture Series will be hosted by The Weinberg Memorial Library at The University of Scranton on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. The University will welcome distinguished guests: Ambassador Rolandas Kriščiūnas and Tadas Kubilius.

This annual lecture invites international scholars to visit The University of Scranton to address issues that will enlighten and benefit students, faculty and the community-at-large. Its purpose is to enrich the intellectual life and share diverse cultures for both The University of Scranton and our Northeastern Pennsylvania community.

In its first five years, the series has featured distinguished representatives from the countries of Romania, India, Thailand, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia.

As a distinguished Fulbright Scholar in Thailand, Mongolia, Poland and Kazakhstan, Dr. Nathan has traveled, lived, researched and lectured in numerous countries, “My first Fulbright was in the Kingdom of Thailand and it changed my life, I have been transformed by the experience. We can all learn from each other, and when we do, we are better off,” said Nathan.

While visiting campus, scholars will deliver presentations on topics of interest to the academic community and meet informally with attendees, students and faculty. The day will conclude with a discussion on Lithuania: Traditional & Modern Nation and will include an exciting presentation of Lithuanian culture beginning at 5:00 in The Moskovitz Theater, The DeNaples Center.

A reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public through the generous support of Dr. Nathan. Reservations are encouraged.

2018 Lecture: The Rise of Romania: History. Culture. Economy.

2017 Lecture: India: Ancient. Culture. Democracy.

2016 Lecture: Thailand: Tradition vs. Modernization

2015 Lecture: Mongolia: History, Culture & Transformation

2014 Lecture: Kazakhstan & Central Asia: History, Culture, Politics & Economy